IWC famously pioneered the use of both titanium and ceramic as watchmaking materials back in the 1980s. In 2017, the Schaffhausen-based watchmaker fused the most desirable properties of both materials into a new, proprietary substance called Ceratanium, debuting it replica watches on a model from their Aquatimer dive watch family. Since then, fake IWC has expanded the use of Ceratanium throughout its portfolio, most recently and most notably in its flagship Pilot's Watches. The latest two examples come from the “performance-oriented” Top Gun sub-family of the Pilot’s Watch collection, and each represents a first for the brand. Here's the lowdown on the Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Ceratanium and the Pilot's Watch Timezoner Top Gun Ceratanium.
This Pilot's Watch Timezoner Ceratanium represents the first use of the innovative Timezoner complication in a watch from IWC's Top Gun series. The case is of course made from Ceratanium, the patented lightweight material that boasts the structural integrity of titanium along with the exceptional scratch resistance of ceramic and offers a matte, carbon black finish suitable for the 'tactical' design of the Top Gun family. The case measures 46mm in diameter and 15.1mm thick, with a ceramic city ring featuring 24 cities (one for each of the world's primary time zones) and a black dial with gray printed numerals. The case's screw-down crown helps ensure 60-meter water resistance, the sapphire crystal with double-sided non-reflective coating is secured against displacement by air pressure drops, and the dial's white hands and numerals are luminescently coated.
The watch is equipped with IWC's automatic Caliber 82760 (essentially the Caliber 89760 that powered the first Timezoner model, minus the chronograph elements), whose patented world time function allows the wearer to quickly and easily set the time along with the date. and 24-hour display below 12 o'clock, in a single turn on the bezel. Simply press down on the bezel of the city ring to rotate it so that the city representing the desired time zone is at 12 o'clock, then release it: both the hour hand and the iwc replica 24-hour disc will move in sync with the rotation of the bezel, and the date display will also change accordingly, either forward or backward. The 24-hour indication ensures that the wearer always knows at a glance whether it is day or night in the home time zone. The movement of the minute hand, and all other functions of the watch, are unaffected when you change time zones. Visible behind a sapphire caseback, the movement features IWC's bi-directional Pellaton winding system and incorporates virtually wear-free components made of zirconia ceramic. The watch comes on a black rubber strap with a textile insert and is limited to 500 pieces, priced at $16,900.